Last updated: July 10. 2014 12:35AM - 3037 Views
By - cfriedman@civitasmedia.com

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ROCKINGHAM — A rape defendant with a history of home break-ins has been accused of forcing his way into a Richmond County home and stealing $500 in cash and a .45-caliber shotgun.

Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday charged 18-year-old Marquis Jamaul Crowder of 525 Loch Haven Road with breaking into a home on the 100 block of Sandhill Road in the East Rockingham community between June 13 and June 17.

Crowder stole the Sandhill Road resident’s Taurus Judge model .45/.410-caliber shotgun in the break-in along with the cash, according to a warrant for his arrest issued June 24.

Deputies charged him with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and felony larceny of a firearm. His arrest came two weeks after a magistrate signed the warrant.

Crowder is serving three years’ active probation for a July 2013 conviction on six counts of felony breaking and entering in Richmond County, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.

He also has pending criminal charges of first-degree rape, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, felony possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor causing injury to real property and two counts each of felony breaking and entering and felony probation violation in Richmond County, court records show.

Crowder was booked into the Richmond County Jail shortly before noon Tuesday under a $25,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in district court July 24 on the June break-in charges.

Court records list Crowder’s next appearance on the rape charge for July 21 in Richmond County Superior Court.

Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670.

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